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Zesto

504 12th St, West Columbia, SC 29169
(803) 794-4652
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Ranked #5 of 127 restaurants in West Columbia
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- Mar 4, 2014
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English first
West Columbia, South Carolina
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Best chicken around and the chocolate icecream is a MUST HAVE!!!! Great place for a great meal fast. Best tailgating food! Gamecock tailgating just isn't the same without some Zesto's Chicken!

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socarolina
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77 reviews 77 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

People rave locally about Zesto's chicken, I think it is so-so. They have hamburgers and hot dogs, etc. that are also only so-so. They have soft serve ice cream, which is their logo. There is a zestos near where I went to graduate school in Columbia, and the only times I ate there were when I was desperate for some... More

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Greenville, S.C.
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

This is my favorite fried chicken restaurant (although they serve burgers and other things I'm told). I've eaten here half a dozen times and never been disappointed. If you're looking for atmosphere you need to drive on. But if you're looking for southern fried chicken you need to stop.

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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83 reviews 83 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Whenever I'm in a new place and want a quick bite to eat, I'd rather go to a local spot than Wendy's or something. This place was right up that alley. I stopped in and got a burger basket with fries. The french fry recipe has been stolen from every carnival and fair in America. They are crispy and delicious... More

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Columbia, South Carolina
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40 reviews 40 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

I can only speak about the chicken … it’s the best in town. I tell myself that the next time I eat there that I will have a burger ... but I always order the chicken.

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States
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55 reviews 55 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

On this recent business trip to Columbia, my host asked if I wanted to try some real authentic southern friend chicken for lunch. We arrived at Zesto and it resembled a 1950's ice cream stand. You go to the counter to order and choose from chicken, burgers, or sandwiches. I ordered the chicken basket and it came with three pieces,... More

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Sylvania, Ohio
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69 reviews 69 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

When I travel in the south, I always try to have the local fried chicken favorite hoping for a breakthrough. Not here. The service was fast and friendly but the product was just average. Minimal seasoning and TOO salty for my taste.

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Lexington, South Carolina
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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013 via mobile

This place came highly recommended by a friend so I thought I would give it a shot. The good: the service was really friendly, the restaurant was clean, there was plenty of seating. Ketchup packets were in a big box and not limited so you could have a much as you needed. Free refills on tea. Plenty of parking. The... More

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Denver, Colorado
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41 reviews 41 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

You can always expect to get some really good friend chicken at this place. The burgers are really good also. Sweet tea is great.

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North Carolina
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41 reviews 41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

Whenever we're in Columbia we make a stop at Zesto. We love the broasted chicken -- two huge breasts, fries, coleslaw, and roll for under $8. Place your order at the counter, walk around to find a table, and the waitresses seem to have no problem finding you when they deliver your food. Even with a crowd service is fast.

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